John Key

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  • 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand (2008-2016)
  • Member of the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1999-2001)

John Key was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016, winning three general elections as leader of the centre-right National Party.  He led the country through the aftermath of the global financial crisis and a series of devastating earthquakes in New Zealand's second-biggest city. When he retired from office New Zealand had one of the highest growth rates and best fiscal positions of any advanced economy. 

 

Mr. Key was well respected in international affairs and chaired the International Democrat Union and the United Nations Security Council in 2016. 

 

Prior to entering politics in 2002, Mr. Key worked in investment banking for 20 years primarily for Bankers Trust in New Zealand and Merrill Lynch in Singapore London and Sydney. Mr. Key's most recent positions included heading Merrill Lynch's global foreign exchange business along with responsibility for European derivative trading and E. Commerce.  

 

In 1999 Mr. Key was invited to join the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

 
  

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Asia: Opportunities and Obstacles

Serving as New Zealand’s Prime Minister from 2008-2016—and with a 20+ year career in international banking preceding that—John Key is a true public and private sector powerhouse who’s established himself as a global leader on Asian affairs. Under Key’s leadership as Prime Minister, New Zealand signe ...

Serving as New Zealand’s Prime Minister from 2008-2016—and with a 20+ year career in international banking preceding that—John Key is a true public and private sector powerhouse who’s established himself as a global leader on Asian affairs. Under Key’s leadership as Prime Minister, New Zealand signed a free trade agreement with China, making it the first developed country to do so, and propelling China to become New Zealand’s largest trading partner. Key also “walked the U.S.-China tightrope with remarkable aplomb,” was instrumental in setting up the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and joined Beijing’s Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, becoming a trusted global advocate for trade deals in the Pacific. Before Key’s time in office, he held top positions in the financial sector, including as the head of Asian foreign exchanges in Singapore for Merrill Lynch. With an internationally praised “razor-sharp political antenna,” and this unparalleled experience—including the distinct advantage of engaging with Asia as both a world leader and from within the financial sector— John Key shares invaluable insights on what’s next for Asia, from the opportunities and obstacles to China’s “One Belt, One Road” policy, to relations with the U.S., and beyond.  

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John Key selected as Air New Zealand Board Director for “extensive international commercial experience”

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand JOHN KEY has been selected as a Director of the Air New Zealand board. Eyed by the Chairman ever since he stepped down as Prime Minister in December 2016, Key was selected for his extensive experience in both the public and private sector and renowned expertise on global business and tourism. As Air New Zealand Chairman Tony Carter said, ”John will bring extensive international commercial experience, outstanding leadership skills, global perspective and a keen understanding of the tourism sector…" Credited with reviving New Zealand’s economy as Prime Minister, and with over 20 years experience as an investment banker, Key’s international business acumen are praised by leaders worldwide.

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What World Leaders Can Learn from John Key

Barron's praised three-term New Zealand Prime Minister JOHN KEY for his leadership, diplomacy and fiscal restraint which moved New Zealand's economy from turmoil into stability. Tapping into his prior experience as a global investment banker, Key was able to make New Zealand a part of the Asian boom, by reforming labor and tax laws and negotiating several different trade partnerships within the Asian region and globally. Says Barrons, "A conservative, Key arguably looked out for all his people in ways too many world leaders have forgotten to."  Key is a sought-after speaker not only for his knowledge of the Asian region and economy, but also for his leadership lessons and takeaways.

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John Key was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016, winning three general elections as leader of the centre-right National Party.  He led the country through the aftermath of the global financial crisis and a series of devastating earthquakes in New Zealand's second-biggest city. When he retired from office New Zealand had one of the highest growth rates and best fiscal positions of any advanced economy. 

Mr Key was well respected in international affairs and chaired the International Democrat Union and the United Nations Security Council in 2016. 

Prior to entering politics in 2002, Mr Key worked in investment banking for 20 years primarily for Bankers Trust in New Zealand and Merrill Lynch in Singapore London and Sydney. Mr Keys most recent positions included heading Merrill Lynchs global foreign exchange business along with responsibility for European derivative trading and E. Commerce.  

In 1999 Mr Key was invited to join the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York 

He grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he gained a degree in accountancy and later undertook short course studies at Harvard University.

Mr Key is married to Bronagh and is father to Stephie and Max. He is a keen golfer and rugby fan.